Potatoes of the Past

Some of our favorite potato dishes have some pretty interesting historical beginnings...wow!

As you can see by our recipes, the culinary world is embracing cooking - and even baking - with potatoes more than ever! Though I love all the innovation happening in the kitchen these days, it’s fun to look back at where some our favorite potato dishes came from.

For example, did you know that French Fries were first introduced to the U.S. when he had them served in the White House during his Presidency? It’s true! Did you know that some of the most famous potato dishes were created - like many of the best things - by accident?! Well, one of King Louis Phillipe’s chefs unintentionally created puffed (or soufflés) potatoes by dropping pre-fried potatoes in to very hot oil to reheat them for the King when he arrived late one evening. The potatoes puffed right up like balloons and were a huge hit!

Potato chips, a well known favorite, were created in 1853 by Chef George Crum when railroad magnate Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt complained that his potatoes were cut too thick. Despite being in a fashionable restaurant in Saratoga Springs, NY, he sent them back to the kitchen in a huff. Chef Crum played it cool and sliced some potatoes paper thin, fried them in hot oil, salted and served them. To everyone’s surprise, Vanderbilt his “Saratoga Crunch Chips”! They’ve been a hit ever since!